Mekka… Medina… Saudi Arabien via Foreign Policy

pilgrimage hot spots such as Mecca or Medina in Saudi Arabia
are historical places for viruses to spread. Source.


When the Black Death exploded in Arabia in the 14th century, killing an estimated third of the population, it spread across the Islamic world via infected religious pilgrims.

Today, the Middle East is threatened with a new plague, one eponymously if not ominously named the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS-CoV, or MERS for short). This novel coronavirus was discovered in Jordan in March 2012, and as of June 26, there have been 77 laboratory-confirmed infections, 62 of which have been in Saudi Arabia; 34 of these Saudi patients have died.

Heute wird der mittlere Osten von einer neuen Plage befallen, mit der Bezeichnung MERS-CoV, kurz MERS. Im März 2012 wurde der Koronavirus im Jordan entdeckt und bis zum 26. Juni wurden 77 Fälle von Laboren bestätigt, 62 davon in Saudi Arabien, 34 der Patienten starben.

Six million religious pilgrims are about to descend on the country from across the world.

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